But the eye of their God was upon the elders of the Jews, that they could not cause them to cease, till the matter came to Darius: and then they returned an answer by letter concerning this matter.
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The literal meaning is clear, namely, that the leaders of the Jews, strengthened by the prophets’ words, could not be hindered by the harrying of the enemies from the holy work, from which they had ceased out of fear of the enemies when the prophets still remained silent. This occurs in the same way in the holy church now when those who have been held back by the attacks of wicked people or spirits and have remained for a while rather lax with respect to good deeds are suddenly set straight by the words either of faithful teachers or of the divine Scriptures and begin to burn so greatly for righteous pursuits that they cannot be overcome by any wiles of temptations or be called back from what they intended to do.
And it was agreed that the matter should be referred to Darius, and that they should then give satisfaction concerning that accusation. side of the river, sent to King Darius, and the rest up until the end of the letter where it says: Now therefore, if it seems good to the king, let him search in the royal archive which is in Babylon, whether it was decreed by King Cyrus that the house of God should be built in Jerusalem, and let the king send us his decision in this matter. This letter that Tattenai writes to Darius is very different from the one Rehum and Shimshai wrote to Artaxerxes. That letter was filled with accusation of the people of Jerusalem, this one with praise not only of the people but of Almighty God. Indeed it begins as follows: To Darius the king, all peace: Let it be known to the king that we went to the province of Judah, to the house of the great God, which is being built with unfinished stone and the timbers are being laid in the walls; and the work is being carrie...
Ancients. Septuagint, "captivity of Juda. "(Haydock)
Divine Providence favoured the undertaking. (Delrio adag. 216.) (Menochius) (Psalm xxxii. 18.)
His eye sometimes threatens ruin, Amos ix. 8. (Calmet)
God did both on this occasion. (Worthington)
Hinder. Chaldean, "cause them to leave off, till the matter came to Darius, (Haydock) and his decision was brought back "(Calmet) or Protestants, "and then they returned answer by letter concerning this matter. "Septuagint, "and they did not molest them, till the sentence should be brought to (or from) Darius; and then it (word) was sent to the tax-gatherer, concerning this affair."